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NOT ONE OF THE POD PEOPLE

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While some teachers have taken to embracing the iPods and other handheld gadgets to which they find more and more kids tethered, Mr. Lawrence is no longer one of them.

There is a very good reason why, the other day, the principal of a local high school came on over the intercom and barked about the obscene amount of electronic equipment floating around the school. He's not just talking about those ubiquitous iPods, he also means digital cameras, Palm Pilots, camcorders, cell phones and hand-held video game systems. He wants them gone and I want them gone.
At first, I foolishly thought the prevalence of iPods and CD Players, in some cases, were actually good things. Say a student doesn't want to do the work I assign, well I thought, "if they're not inclined to work, maybe they'll sit there and listen to their music and shut up." But stupid me, that hasn't happened. They play their music loud - with the noise screaming out of the headphones - and talk over them so their voices are doubly loud. And then there are those "gotcha" photo moments where they decide it's funny to photograph me when I'm not looking (I can only hope the nude body they Photoshop my head on is a model, but somehow I doubt it).

What, you might wonder, does Mr. Lawrence want for Christmas? You guessed it--a shiny black iPod.

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I am a grant director on a small community college campus. One of the grant's activities involves staff development in teaching/learning strategies that involve the use of technology, or at least the option for students to use technology and teachers who know enough about it to appreciate the learning demonstrated with it. It has become clearer to me that the use/misuse of technology in schools may be the result of teachers not embracing the technology as educational tools. That assumes that students have appropriate access and instruction to use it educationally. It has almost become a "if you can't beat'em, join'em" philosophy. I don't see technology going away, so it is important that we in education understand how we can use it to our students' advantage.

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